Sadly, negligent or reckless actions while driving can take the lives of people who are well-loved and contributing members of the community. Not only do fatal car accidents leave a void in the lives of family and friends of the victim, but they may rob citizens of someone who was influential in achieving good on a broader scale. One Texas city is mourning the loss of a public figure who died tragically on a recent Wednesday morning.
The former city councilman was the frontrunner for an elected position as a county court judge. The 67-year-old man was also an advocate for bicycle safety and was riding his bike around 8 a.m. when the accident occurred. Investigators believe the 37-year-old driver of a pickup truck drove up behind the councilman's bike and struck him. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.
An outpouring of love and sympathy filled the local press as colleagues and friends issued statements about his passing. Known for his laughter, loyalty, and encouragement, the councilman's death has left an emptiness in this Texas community, especially among the many cultural and philanthropic causes he supported. Not least among those feeling the loss are the members of his family.
In fact, this is often a common theme when car accidents result in fatal injuries. The victim does not have to be a politician or celebrity for emotional and financial suffering to follow a tragic act of negligence. When this occurs, families of those victims have the right to reach out to an attorney for advice on the best course of action for seeking compensation.